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Here's How to Delete, Deactivate and Offload Your Instagram Account on iPhone and iPad

Delete, Deactivate and Offload Your Instagram Account on iPhone and iPad

As social media is taking over the world, it might get overwhelming for a person. The amount of time we spend on apps like Instagram scrolling is not always healthy. Not to mention the enormous amounts of information our brain needs to process.

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What Are The Options For Leaving Instagram?

If you want to take a break from Instagram, you can deactivate your account or delete the app from your device. You can also permanently delete your account if you're sure you'll never go back.

To temporarily deactivate or remove the app is quite a simple process. Bus Instagram made sure to give you a hard time before deleting your account permanently. Not to mention they do not delete the account instantly. You'll have to wait one month until the account gets entirely deleted.

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How to Permanently Delete Your Instagram Account on iPhone and iPad

If you decided you've had enough of social media, especially Instagram, permanently deleting your account is an option. But you should know that permanently deleting your account will delete all your data. As mentioned before, there is no way to restore the account.

To permanently delete Instagram account, follow the steps below:

1. Tap on the Instagram icon to open the app.
2. Then, tap on your profile icon at the bottom right corner of the screen.
3. When you're in your profile, tap on the three horizontal lines to open a menu.

Tap on three lines

4. When a menu pops up, select "Settings".
5. In the Instagram settings, locate and tap on "Help".

Tap on Help

6. Then, tap on "Help Center".

Go to Help Center

7. Select "Manage Your Account".
8. When the option expands, tap on "Delete Your Account".
9. Expand the "How do I delete my Instagram account?" option.

Enter How do I delete my Instagram account

10. When this option expands, under "To request the permanent deletion of your account", tap on the "Delete Your Account" link.

Tap on Delete Your Account

11. Now, under "Why are you deleting your account", click on the drop-down menu to expand it and select the reason why you want to delete your Instagram account.
12. Then, enter your Instagram password and tap on "Delete(account name)" at the bottom.

Tap on delete account

You can also delete your Instagram account from a browser. To do that, follow the steps below:

1. Open a browser on your iOS device or a Mac.
2. Then, go to "www.instagram.com/accounts/remove/request/permanent/".
3. If you're logged in to your Instagram account on the browser, you'll be asked if you want to continue as you. If not, you'll be asked to enter the login information.
4. After you've logged in, you'll be redirected to the "Delete your account" page.
5. Next to "Why do you want to delete (your username)?" click on the drop-down menu and select the reason.
6. Then, enter your Instagram account password.
7. When done, click on "Delete (your account name)".

If within a month since deleting your account you change your mind, you can reactivate the account.

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How to Temporary Deactivate Your Instagram Account on iPhone and iPad

If you want to have a break from Instagram, you can disable your account for as long as you want. You'll be able to reactivate it anytime. You can disable your account only from a browser.

To temporary disable your Instagram account, follow the steps below:

1. Open a browser on your iOS device or Mac and go to the Instagram website.
2. If not yet connected, enter account credentials and log in.
3. Then, go to your profile and tap on "Edit profile".

Tap on Edit Profile

4. Scroll to the very bottom and tap on "Temporarily disable my account".

Tap on Temporarily disable my account

5. Under "Why are you disabling your account?" tap or click on the drop-down menu and select the reason.
6. Then, enter your Instagram account password.
7. When done, tap or click on "Temporarily Disable Account" and confirm the action.

Tap on Temporarily Disable Account

Your account will then be deactivated.

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How to Offload Instagram App on iPhone and iPad

If you want to have a break from Instagram but don't want to delete or deactivate your account, you can offload it from your iPhone. It will delete the app from your device but will keep the data.

To offload Instagram from your iPhone or iPad, follow the steps below:

1. Open the "Settings" app.
2. Then, go to "General" settings.
3. Tap on "iPhone/iPad Storage".

Go to iPhone Storage

4. Scroll down and find the Instagram app. Then, tap on it.

Tap on the Instagram app

5. Tap on "Offload App" and confirm the action. If asked, enter your iPhone passcode.

tap on Offload App

When you're ready to use Instagram, re-download the app from the App Store.

We hope you found the information you were looking for. Don't forget to watch the video at the top of this blog post for a visual step-by-step tutorial.

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